Retaining wall at Tryon Elementary near completion
Work is proceeding steadily to replace a three-tiered retaining wall that had partially collapsed in front of Tryon Elementary School.
Polk County Schools hired AA Pavers to tear down the old stone wall and replace it with a new, one-level wall.
Polk County Schools Supt. Bill Miller says the project will cost $53,000, which will come from the school systems savings.
Miller says the school system had no choice but to complete the project as quickly as possible and avoid more damage if the wall had collapsed further.
The collapse, which could have threatened the stability of buildings above the wall and the fire hydrant and street below the wall, was not covered by insurance.
Heavy rainfall late last year caused the initial collapse in the middle of the wall and created several large cracks in the wall in other locations, according to school officials.
Supt. Miller says recent heavy rainfall also delayed work on the new wall, but it is expected to be done soon.